Cover photo for Walter Watkins's Obituary
Walter Watkins Profile Photo
1946 Walter 2023

Walter Watkins

August 14, 1946 — March 27, 2023

Hillman

Mr. Walter Watkins, age 76, of Hillman, Michigan died peacefully at MyMichigan Medical Center in Midland on March 27, 2023. He was born in Alpena, Michigan on August 14, 1946, to Howard and Muriel Watkins. He resided in the Hillman and Alpena areas for most of his life and graduated from Alpena High School. He was a member of the ISMA (International Ship Master’s Association) and retired as a fleet captain of the Great Lakes. His job kept him busy, and he would often be gone for four months at a time only to return for a couple weeks and be sent out again. Even in his retirement, he was still being called in to steer the ships. Aside from work, Walter loved to ride. He owned many Harley Davidson motorcycles, dirt bikes, and a side-by-side. He loved to go to his hunt camp every year in Hillman and he thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He is and will be deeply missed.

Walter is survived by his brothers, Terry Watkins and Kim (Lynn Jackson) Watkins both of Florida; nieces and nephews, Kyle (Nichole) Watkins of Florida; Nichole Gilbert of Pontiac; Troy (Tania) Gilbert of Lake Orion; Stephanie (Darwin) Steinke of Hillman; and ten great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Muriel Watkins; and sister, Sandra.

In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held in celebration of his life at 1:00 PM on Friday, April 14, 2023 at Green Funeral Home, Hillman. Visitation will take place from noon until time of service.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Walter Watkins, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Friday, April 14, 2023

12:00 - 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Memorial Service

Friday, April 14, 2023

Starts at 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Guestbook

Visits: 70

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree